Module Specifications

Current Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Chemistry Laboratory
Module Code CS151
School School of Chemical Sciences
Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Pat O'Malley
Semester 2: Pat O'Malley
Autumn: Pat O'Malley
Module TeachersPat O'Malley
Peter Kenny
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
The purpose of this module is to give students an opportunity to develop and apply manipulative and technical skills in the Chemistry laboratory and to develop a positive and safe approach to experimental work and practical skills. The module is supported by module CS113.

Learning Outcomes
1. Use safe working practice within the Chemistry Laboratory.
2. Show a range of fundamental laboratory skills relevant to experimental work in Chemistry.
3. Apply a broad range of investigative techniques and analytical procedures to a variety of experiments including a Problem Based Learning Laboratory .
4. Devise and conduct experiments in order to draw conclusions.
5. Record and report observations and results (tabulate, graph, calculate and conclude when necessary).
6. Present, discuss and defend experimental results.
7. Synthesise organic molecules such as aspirin.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Assignment53Pre-laboratory/post laboratory exercises
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at:

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
Introduction to the Chemistry Lab.
Intro to Chemistry lab; Lab safety; Lab Skills and techniques..

Qualitative Inorganic Analysis.
Identification of cations / anions; Forensic analysis of unknown compounds. Metal-Ligand complex stoichiometry..

Analytical/Inorganic Chemistry.
Cocept of the 'Mole'; Molar solutions; concentrations; Standardisation of an unknown soln; Determination of Vit. C in 'Rubex'. Investigation of water hardness in different water samples.

Physical Chemistry.
Devise and conduct an expt to consider the relations ship between Temperature, Pressure and Volume of a gas. Determination of the ideal gas constant 'R'. Spectrophotometry. Dissociation constant of a weak acid. Equilibrium constant. Acids, bases, pH..

Organic Chemistry.
Extraction of Trimyristin from nutmeg; Hydrolysis of Trimyristin; Alcohol dehydration . Synthesis of Aspirin; Identification of Organic functional groups. Develop the skills of Extraction, Recrystallisation and Thin Layer Chromatography..

Problem Based Laboratory.
Application of skills and techniques learned in order to plan and conduct experiments and tests and draw conclusions on a real life scenario involving contamination in rivers..

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
LaboratoryWeekly: Pre-lab Quiz (on-line moodle), Pre-lab Assignment, Conduct Laboratory practical (record / present results in notebook); Post-lab Assignment (on-line moodle). One Practical Exam per Semester100%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List
  • DCU School of Chem Sciences: 0, DCU Chemistry Lab Manual,
  • Browm LeMay: 0, Chemistry The Central Science: a broad perspective, Australian edition, Pearson,
Other Resources
Programme or List of Programmes
ACBSc in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sc.
ASBSc in Analytical Science
BTBSc in Biotechnology
CESBSc Common Entry into Science
ESHBSc Environmental Science & Health
GCBBSc in Genetics & Cell Biology
SEBSc Science Education
Timetable this semester: Timetable for CS151
Date of Last Revision28-MAY-09